A few things:

  • Zell to use Trib’s smaller papers as “a petri dish of innovation”. Sam Zell, once seen as a potential bogeyman, continues to make sense. As well as using smaller newspapers as incubators for new ideas, he has this to say: “… newspapers that adapt and take a position that create a future for them will survive, and those that keep operating under the old thesis that ‘Well, this is the way we always did it’ aren’t going to survive.”
  • Zell’s got it backward. …or maybe he doesn’t. Steve Outing thinks he’s got it backwards and the boldness and experimentation needs to come from the chain’s big newspapers, where the resources are. Relying on innovation to bubble up from the bottom will take too long, he writes.
  • The media’s uneasy relationship with the public revealed. A British study on the uneasy relationship between media and community. Alfred Hermida hits the highlights and provides some context.
  • Digitial Edge Award winners announced. Am I getting jaded or do all the names of the winning newspapers seem to be same old-same old? I’m not denigrating their work, some of which is outstanding, but surely there are others out there who are also on the digital edge.
  • Browsers spend three hours plus on videos. Which is why newspapers are jumping all over the things and which, I think, is why newspapers have to make a serious commitment to good video storytelling — not just getting moving pictures online —, given that there are plenty of others out there also after all those eyeballs.